Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum
With recorded history of more than 3,000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world. The birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization, the design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Spend the day viewing the many historical and archeological monuments that date back to the 5th century BC and the Golden Age of Pericles.
With a multitude of conquerors occupying Athens, there are unique and splendid monuments everywhere. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive, modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena, the Propylea, the Temple of the Athena Nike, and the Erechtheum Temple, the latter that at one point was used for cult worship.
Throughout the tour you will also see Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity; the Ancient Agoria with its classic columns; the Herodes Atticus Theatre; the Theatre of Dionysius; the Temple of Zeus; and the University of Athens. Also on tap are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and the Panathenian Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896.
At the New Acropolis Museum you will see some of the more than 4,000 artifacts carefully preserved from the Acropolis site as well as exhibits covering the Greek Bronze Age and the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Enjoy some free time in the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow cobblestoned streets, idyllic sidewalk cafes and numerous boutiques selling clothes, ceramics and jewelry.
This full-day small group tour is a must-do for those who love history and architecture, reserve your spot today.
Please Note: This tour includes admissions and a visit to both the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
Reviewer: Charles Owens
One of the best! Excellent guide, adequate time to fully enjoy the sights.
Reviewer: Teressa Brown
This excursion was more than that we expected. Our guide spoke excellent English . Great tour, fantastic guide, well organized operation . We would like to recommend the tour to others.
Our tour leader was very friendly and knowledgeable. She tool plenty of time to answer our questions and make the tour worthwhile.
Reviewer: Pat Ross
Excellent guide & tour. Guide skillfully helped us navigate the crowds. Museum very interesting - helped put everything we'd seen in context.
We were picked up in a bus and driven to the sights. The guide, Nina, was very experienced and informative. We had some guided time and some free time at the sites, which we enjoyed. We could have used a little more time in the Plaka because it took a long time for us to get lunch. Would probably choose a quicker lunch option next time.